Namco Bandai has given fans a much needed update on the status of the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. It’s out on arcade machines now in Japan, but the developer has just revealed at Namco Gamers Day that the game will be available this September.
It means that by the game arrives on console in September, it will have already been out on Arcade in Japan for over a year. We were lucky enough to get a few rounds in during Eurogamer 2011 on a arcade machine, in which we were taught a lesson by some hardcore vets. If you have played the first Tekken Tag game though, this is definitely a must purchase for you as the looks better than ever with tons of characters at your disposal.
Speaking of characters, it looks like Namco Bandai will be giving something back to console gamers to somewhat make up for the delay. The developer has confirmed that the console version will feature brand new characters that are not available on arcade at the moment, meaning that on the PS3 and Xbox 360, you can expect to see more than a staggering 50 characters, compared to the 44 fighters that are available on arcade machines at the moment.
There’s also some brand new game modes to mention as well, the most notable being pair-play, which will allow four-player tag battles with four separate players. This is on both versions just to let you know, unlike Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken game which bizarrely doesn’t support this mode on the Xbox 360 version of the game.
Another pleasing aspect which brings a smile to our face, is that Namco has insisted that this won’t just be a port of the arcade version. They are taking their time on the game to ensure that the console version is unique in its own right, and judging by the extra characters and game modes – we’d say they’re doing a pretty good job of that so far.
If we were to make one request though, we would love to see a return of Tekken Force Mode. We absolutely loved that from Tekken 3, so if Namco were to bring that mode back in its full glory, consider us sold on this one for sure. We also loved completing the game numerous times to unlocks characters and extra movies in the theater mode, so let’s hope that Namco sticks to their roots and don’t make the game with DLC in mind.